Food

Our hospitality team strives to offer well-balanced, healthy and sustainable catering for students, staff and visitors. We produce food in ways which avoid negative environmental impacts, enhance animal welfare and provide social benefits.

Commitment to animal welfare

We’ve been awarded the Compassion in World Farming’s Good Egg Award, in recognition of our commitment to sourcing eggs from suppliers who pledge to work to improve the lives of laying hens.

All our meat is certified to at least Red Tractor standard, and we use RSPCA-assured fresh poultry and pork wherever possible.

Avoiding waste

We encourage our Source Cafe customers to buy a high-quality reusable Keepcup, to reduce the amount of disposable cups ending up in recycling waste. We avoid sending waste to landfill by using compostable packaging for all our in-house takeaway products.

We recycle waste cooking oil from all our catering kitchens, which is then converted into biofuel for the lorries that deliver to us. Every 1,000 litres of waste oil recycled represents a saving of two tonnes of carbon.

Local sourcing

We support local businesses wherever possible and use local suppliers for a large range of products including our fruit and vegetables, dairy, bakery and meat. Using seasonal produce not only helps reduce our negative environmental impact, but also helps to keep our prices affordable and accessible for all. 

We encourage students to consider the ethical and environmental implications of where they buy their food, and have a partnership with Bristol Community Farm, so students can order vegetable boxes delivered to their residences.

Supporting FRANK Water

We’re proud to support FRANK Water by selling their water in our Source Cafes. FRANK Water is a Bristol-based charity which works with non-governmental organisations to increase access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for some of the world’s poorest people.

Awards and accreditations

Soil Association Food for life

We’ve achieved a silver Food for Life Catering Mark from the Soil Association, in recognition of our commitment to using fresh, GM-free, local, seasonal and organic produce wherever possible.

Fairtrade accreditation

We are an accredited Fairtrade University, and are committed to sourcing Fairtrade products wherever possible, including coffee, tea, sugar, biscuits, chocolate and bananas.

Find out more about our commitment to Fairtrade and ethical procurement.

Green Impact Gold award

All six of our hospitality team’s kitchens, and all our catering outlets, were awarded Gold in the Green Impact Awards in 2014 and 2015, in recognition of our catering staff’s ongoing efforts to reduce the potential negative environmental impacts of their work.

Did you know?

Waste oil from our kitchens is converted into biofuel, which is used to power the lorries delivering to campus. Every 1,000 litres of oil recycled represents a saving of 2 tonnes of carbon.

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